Intel’s Diane Bryant Named SC15 HPC Matters Keynote

By Thomas Ayres

September 18, 2015

Last week, Diane Bryant, Intel’s (NASDAQ: INTC) senior vice president and general manager of the Data Center Group, was selected to be the HPC Matters plenary speaker for the SC15 conference, taking place November 15-20 in Austin, TX. In keeping with the HPC Matters theme, she will address some facets of how HPC is helping to advance scientific research and discovery and the societal impact that it has.

The HPC Matters campaign was created back in 2013 by the SC conference organizers to encourage the computational sciences community to share how high performance computing enhances lives around the globe. It seeks to bring exposure to a subject that many are uninformed about. The campaign has grown since its inception with the help of social media and videos, and with Bryant’s upcoming presentation, we expect that to continue. This is only the second year that an HPC Matters plenary speaker has been chosen.

“In a real sense, transformation is at the heart of existence, and ultimately the challenge and opportunity before us is to perceive and comprehend the power of transformation so that we can use it for the good of the world and everything in it. Nothing does that better than high performance computing,” said Jackie Kern, SC15 general chair.

At last year’s event, Dr. Eng Lim Goh, Senior Vice President and CTO at SGI, and Dr. Piyush Mehrotra, Chief of the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Division, gave the HPC Matters plenary talk. Their presentation, “The Importance of Supercomputers in Society,” focused on how wider access to HPC can have a large impact on improving quality of life. They touched on how HPC not only can help with the basic needs of life, but also with discovering new planets and saving lives as well.

The specific topic of Bryant’s talk hasn’t yet been announced. In her current role at Intel, Bryant manages datacenter P&L, strategy and product development for enterprise, cloud service providers, telecommunications, and HPC infrastructure, spanning server, storage, and network solutions. Prior to this role, Bryant was the corporate vice president and CIO at Intel.

Bryant attended U.C. Davis and received her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. She graduated in 1985 and joined Intel that same year. She also holds four U.S. patents.

Bryant’s talk will take place on Monday, November 16, at 5:30 p.m. at the Austin Convention Center.

For more information about SC15 and HPC Matters, please visit http://sc15.supercomputing.org.

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